APHORISTIC STYLE OF FRANCIS BACON PDF

His writing has been admired for various reasons. Some admire his dazzling power of rhetoric, others, his grace, and yet others find him too stiff and rigid. But all admit that he is one of the greatest writers of English prose of his age. The style of Bacon remains for the main part aphoristic.

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His writing has been admired for various reasons. Some admire his dazzling power of rhetoric, others, his grace, and yet others find him too stiff and rigid.

But all admit that he is one of the greatest writers of English prose of his age. The style of Bacon remains for the main part aphoristic.

There is a terseness of expression and epigrammatic brevity in the essays of Bacon. His sentences are brief and rapid but they are also forceful. This terseness is often achieved by leaving out superfluous epithets and conjunctions and connectives. It is seldom carried to the extent of causing obscurity, though one or two instances do exist where this extreme condensation has caused great difficulty in understanding the meaning.

This is a remarkable power of compressing into a few words an idea which other writers may express in several sentences. There are several sentences which are read like proverbs. The sentences are pregnant with meaning. The force of the aphoristic statements depend upon other stylistic devices which supplement them. When he makes a statement, he almost immediately counter balances it. He scrupulously presents the advantages and the disadvantages of a particular issue.

Sometimes he draws definite conclusions but most of the time the reader is left to draw his own conclusion. Thus, single men are good friends, good masters and good servants but they are unreliable as good citizens. Such weighing and balancing makes his style antithetical. Each sententious statement is balanced by an opposite statement. He has great powers of attracting, and persuading his readers even though he may not convince them. Besides, there is a constant use of imagery and figurative language in Bacon, specially in his later essays.

The apt and extensive use of metaphors, images and analogies are regarded as functional or an integral part of the main object to persuade, move and inform the reader. The extensive use of allusions and quotations is drawn from various sources, classical fables, the Bible, History, and the familiar collection of proverbs.

The sentences are short and with this shortness came lucidity. The grammatical structure is sometimes loose, but the sense is rarely ambiguous. He is a master of the skillful use of words. To sum up, the style of Bacon is not personal and chatty style of the subjective essayist like Montaigne or Lamb.

It is dignified and aphoristic, full of learned quotations, and allusions. The most remarkable feature of this style is its terseness and brevity.

He was indeed a consummate artist who polished and chiseled his expressions and who could change his style to suit his subject.

With him, English prose definitely took a long leap forward.

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APHORISTIC STYLE OF FRANCIS BACON PDF

He evolved a prose style that proved for the first time that English could also be used to express the subtleties of thought, in clear and uninvolved sentences. Does Bacon have two styles? Macaulay, by contrasting extracts from Of Studies and Of Adversity illustrates what he calls the two styles of Bacon. Indeed it is true that there is a vast difference in the styles. But it is rather questionable whether this difference could be attributed to the fact that Bacon had gained a maturity of mind and intellect.

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The Prose Style of Francis Bacon

He evolved a prose style that proved for the first time that English could also be used to express the subtleties of thought, in clear and uninvolved sentences. Macaulay, contrasting extracts from of Studies and Of Adversity illustrates what he calls the two styles of Bacon. It is true that there is a vast difference between the styles of Bacon. But it is rather questionable whether this difference could be attributed to the fact that Bacon had gained a maturity of mind and intellect.

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